Westbrook not interested in revisiting fan drama

Jazz owner Gail Miller to The Athletic ‘Why should I let someone behave that way in my building

The page says it hopes to allow "true, loyal, welcoming and kind Utah Jazz fans to show our true colors".

Miller also spoke to the players before she made her pregame address to the fans.

"It's no justification on either side, who's right, who's wrong, but at the same time we're trying to protect the league that goes about being compassionate for the players, being compassionate for the fans, the interaction being very, very passionate about your team, your home team and who you root for, the players", Irving said.

In the days following Monday's game, several players voiced their support for Westbrook and their distaste for Keisel's behavior.

"Every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said", Westbrook said. Keisler said she didn't say a word. Westbrook said the incident began when the fan told him "to get down on your knees like you're used to", although the fan disputes this.

Westbrook was not penalized by the game officials in the Thunder's 98-89 victory in front of a crowd of 18,300 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

"I don't know who's right or who's wrong in that situation, but I'm just glad that everyone's OK. I have never been in any trouble, never fought a fan, and been in the league 11 years and a clean slate", Westbrook said after the game.

College basketball fans will get their chance to watch Murray St.'s Ja Morant perform under the NCAA Tournament microscope after the sophomore point guard led the Racers to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship last weekend, securing an automatic bid. That came after he had snapped at another fan as he exited the court at halftime.

The NBA sent out a memo to all 30 teams asking them to create PSA's addressing the need for civility during games.

When I asked Will which player he would take with the 2nd overall pick, he said he'd prefer Duke teammates R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish over Morant. Westbrook stood up and laid into the fan with an expletive-laden rant.

Monday's incident was painful for Miller and for the players who wear the Utah Jazz jersey. Westbrook said after the game that it was an emotional reaction to Keisel telling him, "Get on your knees like you're used to", a comment Westbrook considered "completely disrespectful" and "racial".

Westbrook took no questions from reporters about the incident (or the game), only delivering a 3-minute long statement.

Keisel, and four other fans had been issued warning cards by security during the game for inappropriate behavior. Later that night, Westbrook described fans in Utah as "truly disrespectful". "Be bigger than that.' But a lot of times, if it's personal, it becomes some things that you just can not deny or you can not ignore". A year ago in the playoffs he slapped the cellphone out of a fan's hand at the end of the game.



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